Norwegian screening program reduces breast cancer-related death rates

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A Norwegian breast cancer screening program has markedly reduced breast cancer mortality, according to an evaluation of the pilot project.

As part of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme, all women aged 50 to 69 are invited to undergo a mammography screening every 2 years. When the program was launched in 1995, only women in four Norwegian counties were invited to participate, but in 2004, the project went national.

The evaluation showed that the screening program reduced breast cancer mortality by up to 20 to 30% in women aged 50 to 69 who have been followed up until age 79. The goal of the program was to reduce breast cancer-related death by 30%.

The researchers estimate that for every 100,000 women invited to participate in the program, approximately 377 cases of tumors or pre-malignant breast lesions will be identified. Of those, about 27 will avoid breast cancer-related death due to early diagnosis and treatment.

The downside of the program is that approximately 142 per 100,000 women will be overdiagnosed with breast cancer.

Norwegian screening program reduces breast cancer-related death rates
A Norwegian breast cancer screening program has markedly reduced breast cancer mortality.
Under the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme, all women aged 50 to 69 are invited for mammography screening every two years. The programme was launched as a pilot project in four counties in 1995/96 and went national in 2004.
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